The 2019 legislative session got underway on Thursday, January 10th. I was honored to take the oath for my second term representing the Village of Essex Junction. Our work begins against a backdrop of federal uncertainty, as evidenced in the ongoing partial government shutdown in Washington DC. Uncertainty makes for difficult planning and complicated decision making. In this regard, the 2019 session will bring its share of challenges.

The Speaker reassigned me to the Education Committee, which I enjoyed serving on throughout the previous biennium. In addition to my focus on education policy, my Democratic colleagues elected me to serve on the House leadership team. In this role, I will be a part of the group that manages the day-to-day activities of the House.

I was excited to see the committee assignments that went to my colleagues who also represent Essex. All told, we have members on the key policy areas that span money, health care, human services, and economic development. These areas connect to our education system in many different ways, which I will be focusing on with local and state education policy makers.

Please be in touch if you have any questions as we start out work. I am pleased to note that we will be holding community forums with our colleagues in the Essex Town district, Reps. Linda Myers and Marybeth Redmond. Our first forum will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, January 20 at Nest Coffee in the Village. Please join us and let us know what’s most important to you as we start the 2019 legislative session.